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Midland Railway - Butterley, Ripley

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The Midland Railway – Butterley is a heritage railway at Butterley, near Ripley in Derbyshire.OverviewThe Midland Railway – Butterley lies on the Ambergate to Pye Bridge Line of the old Midland Railway, although the present-day heritage line terminates at Hammersmith. The line currently runs for 3+1/2mi from Hammersmith via Butterley, Swanwick Junction, and Riddings to Ironville. It is operated by the Midland Railway Trust.The railway is also home to the narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway, which opened in 1991 and partially lies on the trackbed of a former plateway built by the Butterley Company in 1813 to connect its iron works facilities in Butterley and nearby Codnor Park.Stations of the MR (Butterley)HammersmithButterley - Headquarters of the Midland Railway (Butterley)Swanwick JunctionRiddings (run-round loop, currently no platform at present, Ironville Junction close by, Current terminus of the 'MR (B)', until further notice).
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  • Would not go again, not enough to do !they had problem with line or lack of volunteers it was supposed to be an Event Weekend! Did not feel like a special day, it was a long way for us to travel so wa...  read more »
  • Did not think it was worth the money very disappoted the train is only running for about sim minutes. 
  • We managed to get a family ticket for the day for only £16 (2 adults 3 children).The only disappointment was steam trains only run at weekends now.However there are plenty of places to visit during yo...  read more »
  • A nice little historic railway. It's a bit rough around the edges but that's understandable as run by volunteers as a charity. There's loads to see - narrow gauge railway, model railway, static engines, road transport etc... and loads of rolling stock. The West Shed - The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust - is also on site. The line is short but they optimise the journey by taking you to the engine end swap point at each end of the line. They make the most of what they have.
  • Wonderful place and it's full of history of locomotives steam or diesel and rolling stock and parts around the whole railway for visitors young and old to learn about
  • Not completely value for money compared to other preserved lines near by but has a few interesting items in the museum (if you can get in). Not wheelchair friendly and could do with a good tidy up too. Will be a while before we go back
  • I was very dissapointed on my visit to the Station yesterday. The carriages, as someone else remarked on was scruffy, the windows were dirty with green round the edges. I appreciate that it is run by volunteers but surely with what they charge they could get someone to clean the windows.
  • Excellent value, got discount tickets off Amazon local, thought we'd only be there for a couple of hours ended up being there all day. We took a picnic and had it on the grass at Swanwick then went for a walk around the country park, plus going around the museum and the train rides made for a wonderful day. If it's a nice day would highly recommend.
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